truss rod

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by HalfPlayer, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
    I was wondering how hard is it to break your truss rod
  2. If you have average strength, you can do it fairly easily. Why?
  3. It will certainly fight back before it breaks. If it's fighting back, STOP!

    Also when tightening the truss rod, I like to loosen the strings and put the bass on the ground between my legs holding the body with my feet and use my knee as a fulcrum while pushing on the headstock. This will allow you to tighten the trussrod without the trussrod doing the actual work.
  4. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
    Not that I want to break it but I am going to be adjusting it for the first time and I want to be careful
  5. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    If you're nervous about it, loosen it by a quarter-turn first. That will give you a feel for how much friction you should feel. When you tighten it back up a bit, if you feel considerably more tension that that, stop.
  6. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    If it squeaks, stop. That is the same sound (different pitch) that tightening a lug nut makes when changing a tire. If that sound is unfamiliar, it might be best to take the instrument to a professional and ask them to do it while you watch.
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
  8. You can't remove the nut from a two-way action trussrod, just something to keep i mind